Booking Through Thursday #8 – Mayday

Quick! It’s an emergency! You just got an urgent call about a family emergency and had to rush to the airport with barely time to grab your wallet and your passport. But now, you’re stuck at the airport with nothing to read. What do you do??

And, no, you did NOT have time to grab your bookbag, or the book next to your bed. You were . . . grocery shopping when you got the call and have nothing with you but your wallet and your passport (which you fortuitously brought with you in case they asked for ID in the ethnic food aisle). This is hypothetical, remember….

Let me just say for starters this is almost to real to be able to fully comprehend. I’m in a situation where I may have to leave this country in such a short time that I don’t really see this as being hypothetical…except that I wouldn’t travel without a book. Secondly, I rarely leave the house without my backpack and inside my backpack is one novel if not two.

With all that aside what would I do? Well, most airports have a bookstore inside. I usually venture into it and see what is available before my flight leaves. And, like most bibliophiles, I almost never leave without buying a book. That would mean I would find the bookstore and pick up something they have. Even if it is only the latest bestseller.


9 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday #8 – Mayday

  1. It’d be last on my list unless I was facing a long wait. Then I’d gravitate to the bookstore _ most airports have at least one now.

  2. Good luck with your trip – I’ve made two like that this year. And on both occasions I bought magazines at the airport bookstore for the flight!

  3. I hate being caught with nothing to read too. I usually keep something in the car just in case. Your right about heading out to the airport book store. I can always find something to read but don’t always love the prices.

  4. Yeah, there’s the airport bookstore. But to make it more fun, I decided that was too obvious an answer. Come on over (in a few minutes while I finish the post) and check out what I cooked up! It’s fun!

  5. Gautami Tripathy: I have never really picked up the knack of writing poetry, but that’s a great thing to do if you don’t have a book. That is if you’ve got paper and a pen with you!

    Maree: Seems like most of us mentioned the pull of the bookstore.

    Amy: It’s good policy to have a book on you at all times. If I have my iPod I usually have an audio book to listen to…now.

    Lesley: Thanks, I still have a week to get things together but a week isn’t a lot of time. Yeah, when I first came to Korea I picked up a couple books at the bookstore before the flight and had two of them read before I landed in Korea. Maybe I’ll do the same on my way home, but I’ll be bringing a number of books back with me already.

    Donna: Yeah, I don’t love the prices either but you do what you have to do right?

    Susan Helene Gottried: I enjoyed your answer, you really took more time thinking about this answer than I did.

  6. Yes, I would definitely head to the airport bookstore and look for a tried and true author, to ensure I didn’t find myself with a book I hated 20 minutes into a long haul flight!

  7. Paula Weston: Wouldn’t that be hellish? I think the bookstores at airports don’t have the best selection but I’ll take what I can get.

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